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Young Aston Villa fans at the Premier League game AVFC v Arsenal FC.

Birmingham Bishop backs free sport and culture for city's children

Reverend David Urquhart backed calls to give children from Birmingham a chance of free entry to the sporting and cultural facilities the city has to offer as well as open up new opportunities.

Liam Byrne MP who is calling for powers to be moved to the regions immediately

Liam Byrne urges Birmingham to convene 'constitutional convention'

Hodge Hill MP and former Cabinet Minister among a number of Labour MPs demanding action to move power from Westminster to English regions

MP Liam Byrne

Government is trying to destroy Birmingham with cuts, MP claims

Liam Byrne, Labour's MP for Hodge Hill, said the Government was not giving Birmingham a fair deal.

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne who thinks the eastern part of Birmingham will be "battered" by the development of HS2

Giant HS2 yard is 'battering' east of the city

Loss of Washwood Heath jobs is threat to green belt, warns city MP Liam Byrne         

Rotting green waste

Neil Elkes: Election fears over Birmingham's green waste shambles

Rotting green waste is still being dumped across the city after the council imposed its 'garden tax' charge

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse inquiry uncovers campaign of 'aggressive Islamic ethos'

Pupils branded "kaffir" if they did not attend prayers and non-Muslim children excluded from school trips designed to teach languages but which were really religious pilgrimages

Pupils in a primary school classroom

A third of Birmingham pupils miss out on first school place

Newly published Government figures revealed a total of 31.3 per cent of city youngsters due to enter Year 7 this September were not offered their top preference

A computer-generated image from inside Curzon Street HS2 Station facing New Canal Street, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Minister admits HS2 rail depot will cost hundreds of jobs

Government Minister responsible for high speed rail says more than 1,300 potential jobs will be lost if depot is built on historic land in Washwood Heath

Councillor Brigid Jones

'No evidence' of extremism in Birmingham schools says city council

Commons committee hears staunch defence against claims of Islamic extremism in schools

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 depot could cost Birmingham 7,000 jobs, claims MP

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne won a debate in Parliament as part of his opposition to the planned HS2 marshalling yard on an ex-factory site in Washwood Heath

The International Convention Centre

Hundreds in town as ICC hosts science park summit

Delegates from around the world descend on Birmingham for an international science park summit.

Liam Byrne's constituency contains Park View Academy, the source of so much controversy

Is the answer to the problem more Muslim schools?

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne is pushing for parents to be allowed to turn it into an official Muslim school.

MP Liam Byrne

Labour in push to create 'tech city' for the region

Plans are being drawn up for a new enterprise zone to replicate the success of London’s Tech City in Birmingham.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

Trojan Horse: Gove is "playing politics" over Birmingham school plot claims, says Liam Byrne

• Michael Gove accused of running scared over school plot claims linked to academies • Parents are frustrated that Oftsed is sitting on results of inquiry • Islam helps pupils succeed - but there must be no "religious schools by the back door", says MP

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

All city MPs call for full inquiry into Trojan Horse claims

The MPs from the three main parties presented a united front in a joint letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Ed Miliband

Labour will appoint a Minister for the West Midlands to champion region, says Ed Miliband

Labour's manifesto will include plans for a Minister for the West Midlands and to devolve £20 billion from central government to local councils, Ed Miliband has revealed during a visit to Birmingham

Chinese business leaders in Birmingham in bid to boost relations

The party will also meet officials from Birmingham University to discuss the university’s collaboration with a range of organisations in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. And they will have lunch with Prof David Eastwood, the university’s Vice Chancellor

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Time to say hello to regional mayor and cash control?

Big cities should be allowed to put up council tax, keep a share of VAT and elect regional mayors and assemblies in a similar way to London, according to Birmingham City Council.

MP Liam Byrne

Back-to-work scheme row sees Liam Byrne nudged off Labour's top table

Mr Byrne is still seen as part of the Blairite tribe, while his successor Rachel Reeves is seen as an Ed-ite through and through.


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